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>>> mitt romney, kick him when he's down. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in philadelphia. let me start tonight with this. it used to be that democrats were nasty to their losers. jimmy carter, walter mondale, mike dukakis, al gore, they all had to skip town to avoid the abuse they faced after losing. democrats try to erase them from history. they shoot their wounded. but watch what the republicans are doing this very minute. they're taking romney apart like vultures on a wounded antelope. want to make your bones as a prospect for 2016? just take a piece out of the guy who went down in 2012. get a piece of romney and wave it in the air until everybody sees it. gingrich, bobby jindal, they're all doing it. howa howard, i have to tell you, this is something like i have never seen before. let's start with these clips from the sunday talk show circuit. republicans ran with mitt romney remarks that the president ran because of giving gifts to minorities and young voters. >> i just think it's nuts. i mean, first of all, it's insulting. this would be like
romney said? >> i just think it's nuts. i mean, first of all, it's insulting. this would be like walmart having a bad week and going the customers have really been unruly. >> we're in a big hole. we're not getting out of it by comments like that. when you're in a hole, stop digging. he keeps digging. >> we don't need to demonize or stay stupid things. ♪ >> it is a busy monday for politics and policy both here at home and on the world stage. conflict is raging in the middle east, and we'll bring you more on that in just a moment. but first, the president is in cambodia. a presidential first and the third and final stop on his southeast asia tour. he's also made a historic visit to myanmar urging further reforms there. and to thailand where he sought a little divine intervention for budget negotiations that are ongoing in washington. >> yes, we're working on this budget. we're going to need a lot of prayer for that. >> indeed, the prayer of a righteous man is effective, especially with just weeks to the so-called fiscal cliff, and on that front, the president's call to raise tax rates fo
this that this was one of the reasons that people voted for obama over romney was that they were concerned about climate change and they felt he was a better candidate on climate change. we had a terrible, terrible candidate on climate change and we had a candidate on climate change who needs a lot of pressure. so i feel more optimistic than i did in 2008 because in 2008 the attitude of the environmental movement was our guy just got in and we need to support him and he's going to give us the legislation that we want and we'll take his advice and we're going to be good little soldiers and now maybe i'm being overly optimistic, but i think people learn the lesson of the past four years and people now understand that what obama needs and what we need, forget what obama needs is a real independent movement with climate change at its center and it will put pressure the entire political class and there's no waiting around for obama to do it for you. >> why would you think that the next four years of a lame duck president would be more successful from your standpoint than the first four years when he's lookin
politics here in the u.s. >>> mitt romney's excuse for losing the election triggered outrage. romney suggested that president obama gave huge gifts to african-americans, to hispanics and to young voters. up next, we'll hear from a senior contributor who says romney's gift remark is accurate. eóoç=Ñp >>> 5:39 in the morning. in gaza city. you're looking at live pictures now. this is from palestine tv. also live pictures you will see in a moment from reuters. of a city that probably did not get much sleep, preparing for the week and preparing for another day. it is going to be tough the next 48 hours. critical in this conflict between hamas and israel right now. live pictures from gaza city. >>> on to politics now. what a bizarre gift. mitt romney blamed his election loss on gifts. romney suggested that he lost because president obama offered gifts to african-americans, to hispanics, to young voters. gifts like health care, like contraception, and student loans. even republicans pounced on romney. newt gingrich says romney's comment is quote nuts. governor bobby jindal says the r
on mitt romney in those 13 days. i want to play something tea party republican senator had to say. this was at the federalist society about the election. let's play it. >> inevitably there are these mandarins in politics who give the voice don't show any contrast. don't rock the boat. so by the third debate, i'm pretty certain mitt romney actually french kissed barack obama. >> okay, let's put aside that image. >> yes. >> this suggests that, you know, these are the manndarins of politics, don't show any contrast, don't rock the boat,s so you have the ted cruzs of the world coming in and the boehners saying we node to caught deal on this, reform on immigration, talk about gay marriage. we need a reformation within the party. is that what the base of the party wants? and if they don't want that, if ted cruz is the voice for that party, how do you get there? >> well, the base does seem to actually want really a lot of these broad contrasts as cruz was talking about. chris, the big difference is that in 2011 right after republicans ended up winning the 2010 midterms, they won. they fe
exam. and now in a sign of party unity, they're all tripping over themselves to reject mitt romney's gift comments. >> we're in a big hole. we're not getting out of it by comments like that. when you're in a hole, stop digging. he keeps digging. >> sounds like he'd be happy if mr. romney stayed in that hole. but mr. goingrich one-upped him. >> i just think it's nuts. first of all, it's insulting. this would be like walmart having a bad week and going the customers have really been unruly. >> romney's comments are insulting. that from the man who coined the phrase "food stamp president." here's a little secret. a funny thing happened on the gop road to redemption. they're starting to show they're not really interested in change. take senator marco rubio, a republican front-runner for 2016. in an interview, he was asked how ould the earth is. rubio said, "i'm not a scientist, man. i can tell you what recorded history says. i can tell you what the bible says. but i think that's a dispute among theologians. whether the earth was created in seven days or seven actual eras, i'm not sure
cliff limbs, is there a deal in the works? mitt romney explains why he lost . >> the president's campaign was focused on his base coalition, giving extraordinary gifts from the government, working aggressively to turn them out to vote. captioned by the national captioning institute >> i just don't know where to begin this week. do we talk about republican charges of a cover-up with regard to the fatal attack in benghazi? do we talk about sexual liaisons and e-mails and national security? to talk about israel and gaza. the possibility of a deal to avoid going off the fiscal cliff? let's start with the sex. [laughter] general david petraeus had an affair with his biographer, paula broadwell, a married mother of two pit talk about unlimited access. general petraeus was set to testify as we were recording this program, so we don't know what he said yet. >> we are safer because of the work that dave petraeus has done. my main hope right now is that he and his family are able to move on, and that this ends up being a single side note on what has otherwise been an e
number two. jacki, does mitt romney have a new excuse this hour for why he lost? >> not that i've seen so far. >> stephanie: no? keep us apprised of all of the breaking whiny news. >> i've had enough too. i'm in favor of not talking about him anymore. >> stephanie: i'm with bill maher on that. i love that. that was my favorite. they asked the wrong questions at the republican debates. that's what the real problem was. >> enough. but as i've said, i'm more than happy to let them spend money and resources to figure out what went wrong. >> stephanie: please. spend all of your money on that. >> ann: stop it! >> stephanie: jacki schechner. >> good morning, everybody. violence continuing today between israeli forces and hamas as shelling and air strikes have killed more than 90 people in the gaza strip. israeli military forces say they've hit some 80 terrorist sites throughout the territory. two rockets exploded over tel aviv yesterday. israel's anti-missile system stopped them in mid air. but in israel, three peop
on how to avoid the fiscal cliff, as mitt romney draws fire from fellow republicans by accusing the president of doling out, quote, gifts to minority groups in exchange for their vote. what's the fallout and the future of the gop? with us, tea-party backed congressman raul labrador, tom friedman, former white house chief of staff for bill clinton john podesta, republican strategist mike murphy, and nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television program, this is "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good sunday morning. with the president's national security team under fire over the petraeus resignation and the benghazi attacks, the president arrived on the world stage this morning for a summit in east asia, and he's got new worries on his mind about the prospect of a war in the middle east as israel and palestinian militants get closer to the brink this weekend. israel expanding its air assault against hamas and palestinian militants continuing to fire rockets into civilian areas
romney on s.n.l . >> yes. >> jon: but also biden. >> yeah, yeah, i was good to go. >> jon: you win! >> yeah, if you consider that winning. (laughter) pretending to be someone else for a whole year of your life, that's a form of winning. (laughter) i don't know. but -- >> jon: don't we all on some level? >> masks that we all wear. indeed, so well said. yeah and then there is -- isn't there an odd chance that romney could have won and then biden would have con? is there some election thing where they each could win? >> jon: there would have been in the 1800s, i think. >> okay, that's what i'm referring to. >> jon: i think they're paired up now. it's official that it was obama/biden. it wouldn't have been -- people couldn't have voted for biden and get electoral votes there. that's when they used to throw it to the house and then they would kind of go back and forth and all that. >> well -- >> jon: the other thing, too -- i don't remember that (bleep) from school. >> well, that's disappointing because that would have been fun. >> jon: it would have been a lot of fun. but who is more -
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, thank you very much. as always, politics here in the u.s. >>> mitt romney's excuse for losing the election caused outrage. claiming obama gave large gifts to voters. and it is said romney's gift remark is accurate. just got "blacked out." [ brother ] but it's the family party! really jingles your bells, doesn't it? my gift to you! the capital one venture card! for any flight, any time! that's double miles you can actually use! how illuminating. what's in your wallet? let me guess, am i on the naughty list again? ho ho ho! let me guess, am i on the naughty list again? the wheels of progress. seems they haven't been moving much lately. but things are starting to turn around because of business people like you. and regions is here to help. with the experience and service to keep things rolling. from business loans to cash management, we want to be your partner moving forward. so switch to regions. and let's get going. together. >>> 5:39 in the morning. in gaza city. you're looking at live pictures now. this is from palestine tv. all live pictures you will see in a moment from reu
that merits being taken into account in the incumbent barack obama and his challenger mitt romney. that is the jinx of the second term on so many presidents. only seven of 19 presidents elected to a second term avoided having a troubled or failed second term. that would give the country's 38% chance of obama and the nation experiencing the economic climate if obama is reelected. do not suggest the gamble shouldn't be taken. rather it is playing with politics might give us cause. what is the history project about a second term for barack obama were he free elective with so few presidents having success in that time in office. one of the challenges that face those that have troubled or failed the second term and would allow others to succeed and can barack obama overcome these challenges if he is reelected to become a member of that select group of presidents the we did for the quagmire of the second term and somehow came through relatively unscathed? success in the second term doesn't imply that they're one of failures or significant stumbles. some even severe during that then venu
. chris: we'll come back. the big question of the week, are john mccain and mitt romney giving the president a hard time for political reasons or the big one this week, personal reasons? is this persona look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn't just start streaming six ways to sunday. you'd get knocked off. and sometimes, it took a minute to download a song. that's sixty seconds, for crying out loud. we know how long a minute is! sitting, waiting for an album to download. i still have back problems. you're only 14 and a half. he doesn't have back problems. you kids have got it too good if you ask me. [ male announcer ] now u-verse high speed internet has more speed options, reliability and ways to connect. rethink possible. chris: welcome back. this week the two presidential rivals barack obama defeat have had been highly critical of him. mitt romney told his supporters he lost because obama gave, quote, gifts, close quote to his base and john mccain continued to speak bitterly about the president and attacks at beng
romney. iowa, of course, holds the first contest in the you a cuss and primary calendar. that's why there's so much attention but we have three years and two months until the next iowa caucus. >> we'll start the countdown now. speaking of the republican party, mitt romney still catching a lot of flack for his recent comments that he lost the election because president obama offered gifts to african-american and hispanic voters. a lot of that criticism coming from his own party. who is weighing in now? >> yeah. the late toast weigh in now is newt gingrich. of course, the former house speaker ran against mitt romney for the nomination and became a backer of romney's in the general election. take a listen to what he said on the sunday talk shows. >> i just think it's nuts. first of all, it's insulting. this would be like walmart having a bad week and going the customers have really been unruly. i mean, the job of a political leader in part is to understand the people. if we can't offer a better future that is believable to more people, we're not going to win. >> gingrich's name is added to a
. republicans still -- you see with this continued criticism of romney's comments and so on. that's still setting? >> all right. you mentioned benghazi. let's go to the developments there in the on going controversy over the administration's response to the attack on the u.s. consulate in bengha benghazi. members of congress are now vowing to find out why the cia's conclusion that terrorism was to blame for the attack was removed from u.n. ambassador susan rice's talking points. in the days following the deadly assault, rice said administration believed the attack was a reaction to an anti-islamic video. but, an associated press report says former cia director david petraeus testified on friday that he believed all along that the attack on the consulate was a terrorist strike. >> so let's -- before we set up these clips, let's make sure we set this up right. so we've been hearing, mark halperin, that susan rice said what she said because she was reading straight intel from the cia. we find out from david tet pet trace, this isn't true. that immediately david petraeus and intel officials k
issue once again to the center of american politics. gov. mitt romney received a small percentage of latino and asian voters, much less than george w. bush received, it is often noted. many said that his views on immigration and conservatism's approach to immigration generally were to blame for the gop's poor showing this time around. romney tried to appeal in some respects to all conservative factions on immigration. he repeatedly said that he was in favor of more legal immigration, emphasizing legal, but particularly during the primary season, he took a harder line on the question of illegal immigration. what we at aei have decided to do is convene a thoughtful panel of folks to discuss this service at immigration reform. this the american enterprise institute for public policy research, not the institute ofor figuring out how to get conservatives or republicans elected. we are interested in finding the right solutions to public policy problems and issues, and immigration is no different. i asked our panelists that while the temptation in the present moment will be to talk solel
the future of the republican party as it ponders itself. one headline says romney is digging a deeper hole for the party. we want to hear from republicans only for the first 45 minutes of its monday edition. what do you think the future of your party is, what do you stand for, and what should you stand for moving forward? here are the numbers -- ere's the "washington times" this morning, the governor of louisiana, bobby jindal. the talk continues in the party about what to romney has had to say about why he lost to the president. [video clip] >> first, governor romney is an honorable and exceptional man. i'm proud of campaign reform across the country, but i absolutely reject what he said. we as a party must campaign for every single vote. we want people to like us. we have to like them first. you don't insult people and say that their votes or what. we are an aspiration party. let the democratic party be the one that says we will divide people by race, gender, class. we republicans believe are conservative principals are good for every voter. it's not just a marketing campaign. we will go
go. just a quick defense of the republican superpacs that were out there for mitt romney, i would say that their biggest problem was that they were in support of mitt romney's campaign which never gave a clear sense of what direction their campaign was going in. and as a result, you didn't know what kind of story mitt romney was trying to tell about himself, what he was trying to say about the president or really what he was doing on a day-to-day basis. when he was advertising on welfare reform and the war on religion, i think the republican superpacs you're probably thinking what on earth are we doing here? >> so what you're saying is they were -- they need to get better at not coordinating their campaigns? [laughter] >> it's not even a matter of coordination, it's a matter of strategic direction, and the romney campaign never had one. and on the obama side, it was pretty clear his campaign was about the middle class. and every single ad we ran was if mitt romney wins, the middle class loses. so i think there was a much clearer lane for us to swim in than on the romney side. were the
provided, and i think that's why governor romney dropped this issue in the final debate. bob schieffer's first question was about libya, and he wanted nothing to do with it. why? he was getting the same briefings she was. >> speaking of ambassador rice, let me bring you in. maureen dowd is coming down on susan rice. >> she wanted to prove she had the gravitas for the job and help out the white house. she was focused on the pevens, not the content said one administration official. that's a quote in maureen's piece there. what do you make, again, of the focus on susan rice and what some perceive as a lack of focus on what former cia director david petraeus said or didn't say? i think peter king came out and gently worded it for peter king that the story was a bit different. >> well, i mean, i think you find a scapegoat here. she's front and center, but at the same time, i mean, there's all this incendiary talk about this, about ambassador rice, who is eminently qualified by the way. the senate did vote to confirm her four years ago. so we know that she's qualified. the question is, what'
needed to broaden the appeal? one thing they might agree on here is that mitt romney did not help when he said that president obama handed out gifts to win re-election. >> we are in a big hole and we are not getting out of it by comments like that, and when you are in a hole stop digging, and he is going to keep digging. >> if we want people to like us, they have to like us first and you can't insult them by saying that their votes are bought. >> for anyone who wants a piece of the american dream, we have to show that we are serious to help everyone and not a group here or there. >> and now a common thread there and let's bring in john fury, and former communications director for dennis hastert, and also three-star admiral and former congressman joe sestak. okay. let me start with you, john, when we look at policies that use outreach and outmoded da ta gathering and the people with the candidate that is chosen and ability to reach diverse groups and what is your thought? >> well, some elements of all three. i think that we had a candidate problem. mitt romney was not the best candidate an
of for country. lou: it's pretty clear that mitt romney made a tremendous mistake in not taking the initiative on benghazi, despite all that occurred in the debate. he had every opportunity in the third debate to drive that issue for work and did not. >> he absolutely did. my colleague and i made that same point before the election. we said, if he did not do it he would not be president. he didn't do it. he is a president. you can't bear to be cautious in politics, especially in the most especially when you have the facts in your side. lou: a lot of the folks said that this docile lap dog liberal national media would only have taken up the issue had governor romney done so. and, of course, that's history. no sense mopping yarborough's with it here tonight to but the fact is there is some much there that the national media has not gone after that the republican party has not gone after. this white house has refused to be straightforward. obviously running of the clock is the expression. >> right. lou: and one of the few things that is transparent about this. >> look. even with the press corps t
is the worry in the wake of governor romney doing some polling among hispanics it seems obvious that republicans conservatives may want to change as the approach the immigration issue and while i can't certainly know that this is true i always suspected that governor romney wasn't a hardliner on the immigration issue as he came across. i think there was a question of he had to win his party's primary yet he calculated accordingly and crafted a policy approach and rhetorical approach in keeping with that. nothing that has happened would seem to be necessarily to have changed that fact for the republicans who need to win the party nomination in order to -- i am wondering if any of you would choose to comment on that fact that this is a reality of winning the party's nomination. >> i guess going back -- not only are we going through this introspection people say we need to understand latinos i think we have to understand our own conservative base. and i think we saw that in the primary, and i will give you one example, new gingrich. his approach to immigration was actually pretty g
to look similar to what governor romney talked about in his presidential race and let's cap expenditures or deductions to the increased revenue and focus on spending. >> his plan called for like a $50,000 cap. you could take the deductions wherever you wanted whether it was charity or whether it was a business deduction. >> exactly. >> but you had up to $50,000 and above that you weren't going to get the deduction, is that pretty much the way it worked? >> that's exactly how it works, i think if we stay focused on the revenue side it makes it look as if there's an appearance after win for the white house. we don't necessarily need a win for the white house, we don't need a win for the congress, we need a win for the american people. and i ran for congress because i was concerned about the debt and deficit in this country. and now, there's a lot of talk about this fiscal cliff you mentioned in your comments. we might have been over the cliff and now we're determining what type of landing we have when we land and is it going to be soft, is it going to be hard. it can be softer if we do the
to look similar, republicans are going to look similar to what governor romney talked b let's cap expenditures or deductions to increase revenue and focus on spending. >> mike: his plan called for a 50,000 cap you can take reductions whether it was charity, business deduction, but you had up to $50,000 above that you weren't going to get the deduction is that the way it works? >> exactly. if we stay focused on the revenue side it makes it look as if there's appearance of win for with the white house. we don't need a win for the white house. we don't need a win for the congress. we need a win for the american people. i ran for congress because i was concerned about the debt and deficit in this country. there's talk about this fiscal cliff, we might have already been over the cliff now we are trying to determine what type of landing we are going to have when we land. is it going to be soft or hard? it can be softer if we do the right things that cause economic growth that put americans back to work and gets control over spending. >> mike: the president has been saying i want to find
romney said? >> i am proud of the campaign across the country but i reject what he said. >> you don't have to insult people, we are ans spir rationable party. let democrat say degrok rafy is destiny and we'll divide people by race and gender and class. this is not just a marketing campaign. >> chris: governor walker take look at the exit poll from election night. 43% said romney. how do republicans convince the middle class you are looking out for them? >> we see them in governorship. you have 30 states with republican governors. there is a trust factor there. we need to be a party that talk about it and we need to take the message, a winning message. i bet the republican governors and we take it and we go out to where people are. we have a message that works for young people and works for people that come to country from other countries. everyone in the country living their piece of the american dream. it starts with the governors as great messengers. >> chris: governor gipped jindjindal,what are about the de going on if washington now about the fiscal cliff? president obama says l
that it had romney won, that force would mitigate or eliminate it, we would have an easy extension. and when he didn't win nor did the republicans do very well, there's an idea, oh, my god, that cliff is much more serious. and i think it has a lot of -- people with capital gains have been locked in saying imrequesting to take under 15%. >> that's not even a fiscal cliff issue. they're going up no matter what. >> but i actually think that that issue of the taxes and locking in lower rates right now is more reason for why the market went down than the cliff itself. >> why would the corporate managers just be pulling back? >> well, you actually outside of housing, that's happened even beforehand. i mean, with weak demand, gdp going up at 2%, they tonight see a lot of need for increased capacity at this time. i think a lot of that is the pulling back. until we see a stronger economy and stronger consumer growth, why increase capacity. not enough people will buy it. >> but you think this is happening in spite of the fiscal cliff, not because of it? >> i think a lot of it -- and we're still in a s
staff certainly said one thing but in boston at the romney headquarters my god was sensing a lot of confidence coming out of that building. unlike mr. romney and did have a concession speech prepared for this event as we thought through what the conversation would be like depending on the scenario but i had a few questions on election night. the first was remembering exactly what it felt like in 2004, where we had a dozen constitutional amendments passed all across the country. you had karl rove celebrated as the architect hewitt just built a new kind of republican electoral majority that would have legs in traction for a decade or two. you had a president who was reelected, not because of that within the toolkit was the use of the wedge issue, gay, gays and lgbt couples across the country. the dark and sort of fetal position and what i sensed on election night this year is how proud i am about our resilience. we picked ourselves up and we decided to fight and decided to start talking to republicans. we decided to demand more from our great democratic front. a lot of movements co
to come. david kerley, thank you. >>> tonight, nearly two weeks now after mitt romney lost the election to president obama, real sign that some members of the republican party are trying to distance themselves from the one-time presidential candidate. it comes after romney's comments this past week to supporters, indicating president obama's victory came in part because he gave gifts to key voting groups. tonight here again, that sound, that recorded phone call with donors and how newt gingrich reacted to it right here on abc's "this week." >> what the president, president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition. give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government. and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> what do you think of that? is that where the republican party needs to go? >> i just think it's nuts. i mean -- first of all, it's insulting. this would be like walmart having a bad week and going, the customers have really been unruly. i mean, the job of a political leader is to understand the people. if we can't offer a better fut
that romney suggested in the campaign. i think that will be appealing certainly to the democrats and maybe to the republicans. >> 20% of the budget and half the fiscal cliff spending cuts would come from the military budget. russ, you're not a defense specialist, so let's bring in ben friedman of the cato institute. it's almost a 10% cut, i'm told. it's terrible. the republicans are hysterical about this. >> the pentagon is hysterical about it. both parties are hysterical, but it's about 10% which would bring us roughly back to where we were on defense spending in 2006. >> which adjusted for inflation. >> it was not exactly a crisis year in the pentagon. it's really a minor cut. they've gotten very spoiled at thale pentagon. they had years of luxury and big increases, and siso as soon as u cut the budget a bit, they scream to the heavens. >> john: defense secretary leon panetta said it will weaken our defense system, be irresponsible. senators mic mr. being cain and graham. these draconian cuts represent a threat to our national security and must not occur. >> i don't think that's the bes
rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. >>and the best part is that current will let me say anything. what the hell were they thinking? ♪ >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." >> john: this is the "bill press show." i'm john fugelsang filling in for bill all morning long. really happy to be here with you. i'll be here tomorrow and wednesday as well, wishing you a safe, healthy, and sane healthy shopping week. black friday is when the 1% tells the 99% to go shopping and fix the economy they wrecked. we want to know your thoughts on everything in the news today. whenever i come here i always try to think about what the question for the day ought to be, and today it was too complicated. i would like to say what is your solution to mideast violence or should petraeus resign or what is your position on twinkies. thing god the "bill press show" has the greatest selection of smart callers, crazy callers and smart-crazy callers, which is win i call in every morning long. and i really am up at this time every morning because
-- sort of out tough talk one another, to say mitt romney had as stance he was going to, you know, talk to tough to china on day one. he was not elected. president obama's trip to burma and the southeast asia is seen as a way to say, china, we're in your backyard and not going to let you have a monopoly over this part of the world. something the president has looked to do for several years now. the issue is whether, a, he can do that, whether he can really actually intimidate the chinese, and b, whether this is the time to be doing it given what's happened in the middle east. i will point out what professor gin canwrong said. the pivot, speaking of obama's pivot to the middle east is a stupid choice. the united states has achieved nothing and only annoyed china. china can't be contained. i wish the professor would tell us what he or she really thinks. in terms of the pivot happening now, your assessment? >> i think the pivot is part of a refocus that the administration needs to make. look, you know, despite the way mitt romney talked about, you know, standing up to china, it needs to kn
romney and the post election comments about gifts. take listen. >> we are in a big hole. we are not getting out of it with comments like that. when you are in a hole, stop digging. he keeps digging. >> he is digging, so is the governor a scapegoat for the gop? do we see them basically walking over his back to make some points. >> well, i have to hand it to my senator here in south carolina, lindsay tells it like it is for the most part all of the time, whether people love him or not. but, look, obviously, they are go ing to put some blame and the republicans are going to put some blame on governor romney and we saw the 47% comments made at the fund-raiser move numbers and both sides jumped on it. the democrats were terrified and the republicans seemed to double-down on it, and he is doubling down on the comments and that is not helpful in the way we want to move forward and after the election the nominee is g is going to smooth over some of his reputation and some of the hits he took by trying to explain away in what happened in the loss and the republicans are going to beat
in the shift in congress. >> let me ask you both about mitt romney's post-election comments last wednesday, be in a telephone conference call with donors. many of the donors not too happy apparently or understandably with the election results. and the reaction -- well, david gregory asked lindsey graham about it and his reaction yesterday on "meet the press." >> we're in a big hole. we're not getting out of it by comments like that. when you're in a hole, stop digging. he keeps digging. most people are on public asiens don't have a character flaw. they just have a tough life. i want to create more jobs and the focus should be on how to create more jobs, not demonize those who find themselves in hard times. >> mark, seems to be a real struggle right now for the heart and soul and future of the republican party. >> well, actually, andrea, i'm encouraged about what's happening in the republican party. there's been a loud and strong consensus like that just reflected by lindsey graham. not a lot of people defending mitt romney. in fact, most of the republican party recognized that the election
? without exception, everyone says he first debate between romney and obama. the one time we actually contested ideas, presented two viewpoints and directions for the country. then inevitably there are these mandarins in politics who do not show in contrast to give the voice, to not rock the boat. by the third debate, i am produce certain romney french kissed barack obama. [laughter] i have no doubt that there is a focus group somewhere of undecided ohio voters who have lived in a cave for the last 30 years who decided they liked that. do not show any disagreement whatsoever with the president. be a nice guy and have a personality contest. those turned out so well for us. our ideas work. their ideas do not work. even that first debate. how striking was it when mitt romney pressed obama, his response was, under bill clinton, there was great economic prosperity. the whole answer of obama is all about bill clinton and how nifty economy was under him. i would have given a limb to see ann romney turn to him and say, i knew bill clinton -- see romney turn to him and say, mr. president, i kn
governor romney, staring down reporters white house fielding questions on the petraeus scandal, benghazi, the fiscal cliff and a long couple weeks with many waiting for answers. jay tap certificate a-- tapper s an abc correspondent. jay, welcome. >> thank you, great to be here. >> almost perfect timing, this book. discussing before we went on the air that it's -- it concern he is two great generals. mcchrystal and petraeus and they are both gone before the book has hit the streets come you have ever imagined when you were thought embedded with these troops that would happen? >> no the book mainly about the grunts on the ground but does look a lot at how people like president bush, president obama, secretaries of defense and how these celebrity jones, how their decisions end up affecting these guys at this very vulnerable outpost at the bottom of three steep mountains just 14 miles from the pakistan border. one of the things that emerges in the book that mcchrystal and his aides are obsessed with the idea of the celebrity general, as petraeus has become. petraeus, if you read his press cl
know, i had both the obama and romney apps on my phone. it was amazing the volume of information that i had literally, if i wanted to go and canvas for a democrat, i could sit there and know first name, last initial, age, knock on their door and there would be a little script, hello, spencer m. and then the script might have been tailored based on other information that chicago speak had on you. >> this seems like, again, not that different from what we've done in the past, using different technology. so i still get the mailers at my house that are targeting me because of how i'm -- what district i'm in, how i'm registered, what they know about me. like you said, what we're subscribing to, other things. they just have more information. >> there was a great "new york times" magazine article saying they knew you were pregnant before you did. >> we have a huge new market. >> it's scary, isn't it? i don't know if this sounds so good. >> it depends on -- but also i think more information is better in the sense if you're aware this is happening, perhaps you can take a couple of steps to do so
a step forward and chase what matters. >> before the election some libertarians said obama romney who cares they are big government. bureaucrats. not much difference will one do. one lasting will be obama's appointments to the supreme court. that will effect whether you get hired where your kids attend school, whether you protect yourself with a gun. what should we worry about or be glad about? let's talk to andre nepal tano. should we worry? >> you should worry. i would worried with either of them appointing a supreme justice but i worry far more with president obama replacing retiring justices. let's say custtis ginsburg who is not well who is a serious liberal who is up there in years -- >> we have four justices in their 70s ginsburg and briar 79 and 74 both liberal judges. >> the justice will sit there another 10 years if nature permits it. if president obama replaces ginsburg it will be a person with like mind but they are 40 years his junior. it is a unwell senior citizen for a young aggressive coalition building youngster. that is what you are going to get. you will get someone
. jindal's been critical of mitt romney and the republicans since they lost the election. he says the way to start winning majorities is by not insulting the voter. >> i think we can be respectful of those that disagree with us. we don't need to demonize those that disagree with us. we need to respect the fact that others have come to different conclusions based o on their own sincerely held beliefs. we don't need so say stupid things. we had candidates in indiana and missouri that said stupid things that not only hurt themselves but hurt the republican party across the board. >> since bobby jindal brought it up, let's talk about that with our panel here. >> let's go there. >> as the ranking member on the table here, representative diane heyworth, what do you make of what bobby jindal said there? >> i completely agree with him that it's crucial for republicans to focus on the issues that all americans can share as concerns. to me that means respecting what people do in their personal lives as being the province of the individual citizen and thinking very carefully together about how we ac
medicare pay for it. it is really offensive to someone like me, and 47%er by someone like mitt romney was as we are entitled. i am ashamed of having to accept public assistance, but i don't have a choice because i'm not able to work. guest: we have to recognize a significant majority of americans pay more in payroll taxes than they do in income taxes. the challenge is those payroll taxes were earmarked for social security and medicare and they don't generate adequate revenues to be able to live on the promises that have been made under those programs. those programs are geared to provide more benefits for the less well-off than the well-off people. that makes sense. we need to take care of the disabled. in many cases what the government has done is it has overpromised for broad cross- section of society, going well beyond the poor and well beyond the disabled. it is done that in connection with a number of health care programs, whether it be medicare or the new the affordable care act. ultimately, we will have to go back and rationalize our promises, recognize the difference between u
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